WC13 | Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead is ‘a Straightforward Horror Movie’
Evil Dead has already begun screening for audiences, and so far the general consensus has been overwhelmingly positive. That’s something director Fede Alvarez was proud of when he spoke with Spinoff Online at WonderCon Anaheim.
“Movies, particularly horror movies, they may be a completely different experience for one person, a completely different one for another,” he said. “As a filmmaker, you just make one. For me, [Evil Dead is] a straightforward horror movie. Like, full-on. But then somebody will tell me it’s a lot of fun because there was a lot of comedy in it, so I really love the fact that I don’t control the whole thing, that I just create a film, put it out there and people will do whatever they want with it and they will see a different film. That’s something special, particularly about horror. It’s very subjective.”
The marketing for Evil Dead has proved this movie is incredibly gory, even going as far as to call it “the most terrifying film you will ever experience.” Alvarez revealed that executives at TriStar never told him he was going too far with the horror elements, which should be exciting for fans of Sam Raimi’s 1981 original.
“There was no ‘no’s.’ This was all about saying ‘yes,” he said. “This is an Evil Dead movie, and every Evil Dead movie is all about being outrageous and out of control and crazy, so there was no boundaries. There was no hold back. ‘Everything goes,’ that was the whole spirit. Nothing was going to be too much.”
Still, Alvarez said he didn’t want to go too far with the movie. “The only line that you don’t want to cross is that you don’t want to turn into so gory and crazy that it ends up being funny. You want to make sure it’s still scary all the time, so that’s something the movie does,” he said. “It goes over the top, and suddenly, when you think it’s going to relax because it’s so over the top that it’s going to be funny, then it goes back to the horror. It’s a good balance you have in this kind of film.”
With Raimi working on Army of Darkness 2, it seems fair to presume Alvarez could be a part of that movie the same way the original The Evil Dead director was on his. But Alvarez said all he has in his sights is the planned Evil Dead 2.
“I’m going to make my film probably. It’s going to depend,” he said. “Right now I’m writing a sequel to this film, and he’s going to make that one. He wants to really continue the story of Army of Darkness with the character of Ash, and ideally in my mind as a fan what I want is we make the sequel to this film and Sam makes that one and then we make a third film and we unite the whole universe. I would love to see Ash and Mia fighting demons together. That would be kickass. The kind of Bonnie and Clyde of the demon world.”
Evil Dead, which stars Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore, opens today.